Thursday, January 5, 2017

Otherbound by Corinne Duyvis - Paul's REVIEW

*I received this book as an eARC from ABRAMS Amulet Books via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

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Title: Otherbound

Author: Corinne Duyvis
Recent Release Date: June 17, 2016

Synopsis: Amara is never alone. Not when she's protecting the cursed princess she unwillingly serves. Not when they're fleeing across dunes and islands and seas to stay alive. Not when she's punished, ordered around, or neglected.

She can't be alone, because a boy from another world experiences all that alongside her, looking through her eyes.

Nolan longs for a life uninterrupted. Every time he blinks, he's yanked from his Arizona town into Amara's mind, a world away, which makes even simple things like hobbies and homework impossible. He's spent years as a powerless observer of Amara's life. Amara has no idea . . . until he learns to control her, and they communicate for the first time. Amara is terrified. Then, she's furious.

All Amara and Nolan want is to be free of each other. But Nolan's breakthrough has dangerous consequences. Now, they'll have to work together to survive--and discover the truth about their connection. 


Review: This is a review I should have written right after reading this book. I really enjoyed it and can't remember all the details, but the emotions are coming back to me. This book has a lot of wonderful representation. The relationships are complex. This book deals with the idea of reliance on someone else to live. The idea of only being kept alive because you are helping someone "better" than you live. 

Sign language is featured in this book. It was very interesting to read about. Sexuality is also shown in a different way. Nolan is a virgin, but has experienced/seen Amara having sex.

I liked how the concept of different worlds and travelers between those worlds was seen as spirits. 

Families are portrayed well in this book. Handicaps effect the whole family. Sibling bonds are shown. 

The ending is also great!

I give this book a 5/5! It's a fantasy book with representation. There need to be more books like this in the world!


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